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steve mcmahon and grover norquist. is president obama worried about his legacy? will that make him more amenable to make a deal? >> well, i think every president thinks about their legacy. especially any president who is elected for a second term. they are looking at never again running for office again. and i think the reason you are seeing a president bring everybody in business leaders, labor leaders, and members of the opposition party is because he understands the significance of the moment and he understands the urgency of the need. and he wants to bring -- wants to bring everybody together around something where everybody gives a little bit but the country gets something significant. frankly, something the voters are asking for. which is a government that finally works. >> all right. agreed. i think voters would like a government that finally works and grow it is economy. you probably saw all of the stories today in "the new york times" and "wall street journal." the president is going to take this show on the road. what i'm trying to figure sought this. what is the show he takin
-founder of tea party 365. steve, did the president sound like he was ready to do business with speaker john boehner today or not? >> no. this was no olive branch, larry. i was quite disappointed with that speech and press conference. and you noted that the stock market really collapsed as president obama was speaking because he seems not just today but the event that he had on friday, the two statements that he's made, he's been pretty emphatic that he wants those tax rates to go up, come hell or high water. that is going to lead to a mexican standoff with the republicans if he sticks with that position. i'd like to make one other point about that press conference, larry. i listened to the whole 45 minutes to 60-minute press conference, and not once that i could hear in that speech did he talk about the most important thing, which is cutting government spending. why don't we get the government spending down and then talk about raising taxes? >> you know, if you google up spending and obama, you know what you get? nothing. blank pages. you get nothing. >> in fact, larry, he said he wants his
the benghazi consulate attack. however, that's 180 degree about-face from what he said before. nbc's own steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: larry, thanks. good evening. general petraeus got a warm welcome up here on capitol hill from lawmakers clearly sorry to see him go. the former cia director testified the u.s. intelligence knew islamic militants were a threat in benghazi and specified soon after the september 11th attack in so-called talking points to be used with the public that al qaeda-type organizations were responsible for the attack. but as those talking points made the rounds of other national security organizations here in washington, the word al qaeda got changed to "extremists." and when the points got to u.n. ambassador susan rice, she made no mention of al qaeda or extremists when she went on nbc's "meet the press" five days after the attack. rice did tout the anti-terrorist accomplishments of president obama. pet rae ugs denies any political pressure on the cia to scrub al qaeda from its talking points. new york republican peter king said today, "we need to find out who d
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